Monday, April 13, 2015

Master Bathroom Updates Continue - DIY Faux Granite

I'm on a mission to update our master bathroom spending as little as possible with maximum bang for my buck.  Last week I added feet and handles to the vanity in our master bathroom.  You can check that out here.
This week I've partnered with to transform my vanity top to get the granite look I've been longing for.

Here is the vanity before with a laminate top.
This project took me less than an hour and completely transformed the look of my vanity.  I chose the beige granite from the DesignYourWalls website.  
I started by completely clearing the vanity top and making sure the surface was clean and dry.  The paper was not as deep as my countertop so I was strategic in how I laid out the paper.  The paper measures 18" x 49.5 feet so I had plenty of length so I didn't worry about making any cuts. It's self adhesive and repositionable so it's forgiving and allows you to move it about until you get it into the perfect position.

I didn't want any seams near the front so I adhered and wrapped the paper around the front of the countertop.  This product is similar to contact paper, but much thicker and more substantial.  It also doesn't stick to itself like most contact paper does so it's very easy to work with.

The key to success is making sure there aren't any bubbles.  Because the paper is a bit thicker it is very easy to avoid any bubbles.  I used an exacto knife to cut around the sink. I then took another piece of paper and matched up the seam and wrapped the back half of the vanity in the same way.
Voila!  Instant granite.  I was super careful making sure the back seams lined up exactly and it's nearly impossible to find now that it's all down.  I butted the two edges up together, not overlapping because that would have shown.  Even running my hand along it, it is very hard to find the seams.  I am super impressed with this product.

Here is a closeup.  It really does look like granite.  It even has the sheen of granite.  It's completely waterproof so it should be very practical as well. In the event my tastes change it's also removable which is great.  I was afraid to try one of those faux granite paints...too permanent for me.  
What a huge difference this faux granite makes to the bathroom.  
DesignYourWalls has tons of options including a split stone paper...
and a marble paper (I definitely want to try this one next).

They have lots of other products too including wallpaper, wall decals, and window film to just name a few.  

It's really a great product and DesignYourWalls is a great website.  Hope you will check it out.

Can't wait to hear what you think of my new granite vanity top.

DesignYourWalls sent me a roll of granite paper, however the opinions expressed are all my own.


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow...the transformation is amazing and what a fantastic product!...Looks great!

robin said...

Great product! And did you know it could save your life NOT having REAL granite in the house? Since granite is from the can have radon in it. And when in the house can be a cause of lung cancer. I found this out from my nutritionist after my mom (who did not smoke) got lung cancer. She said stay away from granite!

Home on the Corner said...

I want this!! My kitchen counter is so ridiculously ugly, but I can't afford to change it out right now. I will definitely be looking up this product. Thanks for the tip!

Unknown said...

Wow - you did an amazing job on that !
I just used some privacy film on a door window and had a terrible time with bubbles - was it really that easy?
Looks gorgeous !

Wilfred Andrews said...

Wow, that’s crazy! It looks just like a granite countertop in the finished pictures. I honestly would not be able to guess otherwise. Does it feel real, or can you tell the difference when you touch it? My wife has been badgering me about getting our counters done, but if this is a viable alternative, I’m going to have to bring it up to her.

Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing and Heating

BB. said...

Great information, you described it well.
The bathroom looks amazing!
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